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Meet & Greet with Councilmember Bowser this Wednesday @ Mothership

November 19, 2013
Councilmember Bowser.

Councilmember Bowser.

Here’s something that might present a tough choice for many — not only is there a joint 3D/4D police meeting on Wednesday but a meet and greet with Councilmember Bowser has also been scheduled for the same date and time.

This Wednesday, November 20th, Councilmember Muriel Bowser will be joining members of the neighborhood for a happy hour! It is intended to give members of the community a chance to talk to her about area issues (such as crime) and see what measures she would take if elected.

Details below:

What: Happy Hour Meet & Greet with Councilmember Bowser
Time: 7:00 P.M.
When: Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Where: Mothership Restaurant at Lamont and Georgia, NW

At-Large Candidates Forum This Sunday, March 17th

March 14, 2013

The At-Large DC Council Special Election is coming up on April 23. If you still don’t know who you want to vote for, consider attending this Sunday’s Candidates Forum.
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Get Out and Vote!

November 6, 2012

The Campaign for Anthony Cimino has signs posted around Irving Street and other areas within 1A10

If you didn’t take advantage of early voting, today’s the day. Polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. To find your polling location, click here.

While voters tend to focus on the bigger races, you also have the opportunity to vote for Advisory Neighborhood  Commissioners, who serve 2 year terms and can be a community’s strongest advocates. In the surrounding Park View area, the ANC candidates that will be on the ballot are:

  • 1A08 – Kent Boese
  • 1A09 – Bobby Holmes
  • 1A10 – Anthony Cimino
  • 1A10 – Lenwood Johnson

Front and back of flyer distributed around Irving Street in support of Commissioner Johnson’s re-election campaign

The 1A10 race has become particularly interesting and hard fought. Incumbent Lenwood Johnson was featured in several less than flattering media posts last Friday. In one article, Johnson was quoted as saying about the home he considers his primary residence that: “I’m not very happy there [on Irving Street], so I don’t spend a whole lot of time there except for sleeping there and whatever. I do spend a lot of time in Gaithersburg.”

Challenger Anthony Cimino and his supporters have also been actively distributing flyers, posting on Facebook, and distributing election signs throughout the neighborhood.

It will all be over soon and by tomorrow we should know who’ll be serving the new 12 member Advisory Neighborhood Commission 1A come 2013.

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Early Voting Has Rough Start, Resumes Today, What Are Your Thoughts on At-Large Candidates?

October 31, 2012

I was very dismayed last Saturday morning when I started to get phone calls from upset residents who reported to me how truly messed up, under supported, and unprepared the DC Board of Elections and Ethics was when early voting began throughout the District’s eight wards. The wait at the Columbia Heights Community Center (1480 Girard Street) was over an hour at the start of the day and grew to more than a two hour wait for some voters. In disgust, some would-be voters left without voting.

Then, when Sandy threatened the east coast early voting was cancelled on Monday and Tuesday. It resumed this morning with extended hours. Early voting locations will be open between 8:30 a.m. and 9:00 p.m. today.

While I’m sure that all of these kinks and delays will be/have been sorted out, I do want to urge anyone that attempted to vote over the weekend and left to return this week or vote on November 6th. Not voting won’t impact the national election, but it does have a significant impact on our local races, particularly with the At-Large and ANC races.

Which brings me to the question of the at-large candidates. Each voter gets to vote for two candidates. I highly favor David Grosso for one of my votes but am undecided on the other vote. Of the candidates, who do you think are the best choices to represent us on the council?

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D.C. Primary Election Tomorrow, April 3rd — Who Are You Voting For?

April 2, 2012

Tomorrow, for those that have not already voted early, is the 2012 primary election. The most interesting choice we have in Ward 1 is in the Democratic At-Large Council race. This election, we have four candidates to choose from. They are:

Sekou Biddle: former school board and council member. In the words of the Washington Post, “he has a record of public service, an expertise in education and a thoughtful approach to the city’s pressing problems.” His campaign Web site is here.

Among those endorsing Biddle are the Washington Post, the Northwest Current, and the Washington City Paper.

E. Gail Anderson Holness: is the sitting ANC Commissioner for 1B11. Dr. Holness is a Human Rights Activist, Lecturer, Businesswoman, Motivational Speaker, College Administrator, TV Talk Show Host, Columnist, Lawyer, Author and Pastor.  You can read up on Dr. Holness at her campaign Web site.

Vincent Orange (incumbent): according to Orange’s campaign Web site, Vincent’s vision for Washington, DC, is that of a world-class city operating at its fullest potential. An extremely vibrant city that continues to beckon individuals, couples and families to live in, visit and experience its culture, arts, restaurants, retail, entertainment, sports venues, neighborhoods and tourism.

Among Orange’s endorsements are the InTowner Newspapers, the Ward 5 and Ward 8 Democrats, and the DC Chamber of Commerce.

Peter Shapiro: recently moved back to D.C. from Prince George’s County, where he successfully ran for a seat on the Prince George’s County Council and served from 1998 to 2004. He was the Council Chair for two consecutive years. You can read more about Shapiro at his campaign Web site.

Shapiro appears to be endorsed by Greater Greater Washington.

Where to vote in the neighborhood — most of Park View is in voting precincts 43 (north of Park Road) and 38 (south of Park Road). Precinct 43 residents vote at the Park View Recreation Center, corner of Otis and Warder, NW. Precinct 38 residents vote at Cesar Chavez Prep. Charter Middle School, 770 Kenyon Street, NW.

Polls will be open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Democratic At-Large Council Candidates Squeeze Orange in Park View

March 13, 2012

The seven at-large candidates, including the four democratic candidates that will be on the April 3rd ballot

Last night, the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force hosted a forum for the seven at-large candidates that are running for the DC Council. While all candidates were asked a series of questions, the real focus — and tensions — were between the four Democratic candidates that will be on the April 3, 2012, primary ballot.

I expected pressure to be on Councilmember Vincent Orange, and it was. Peter Shapiro began aggressively by referring to Orange and questionable ethics and campaign financing while answering questions. Sekou Biddle and E. Gail Anderson Holness were not far behind and also got a few of their own shots in.

But it was not until the closing statements that Orange showed his mettle. Of the four Democratic contenders, Shapiro spoke first and again hammered away at the need for a fresh start on the DC Council. He spoke about his 6 years of experience on the Prince Georges County Council — two as chair — and the need for ethics at the Council level while indicating that Orange was part of the problem.

Orange spoke next, and immediately when on the attack. He quickly deviated from talking about his experience to labeling Shapiro a “quitter” who left the PG County Council high and dry to teach at the University of Maryland before moving back to the District. Orange furthermore called Shapiro a “carpetbagger” despite the many years he has lived in or near Washington (not to mention that Biddle is the only candidate running who was actually born and raised in the District).

Holness followed Orange and immediately stated that Shapiro was correct. The DC Council needed ethical behavior and a fresh start. In talking about the need to stop bullying in schools she segued into the bullying she feels that Orange has subjected her to, from challenging the signatures on her petition to run to removing her campaign signs. It was particularly interesting to see Orange’s photographer drop his head in thought as Holness stated she had photographic proof of Orange’s campaign workers removing her signs. At this point, and while Holness was still speaking, Orange along with his supporters rudely got up and left the auditorium with three other candidates yet to speak. Holness also left after she concluded her closing.

And then Biddle‘s turn came. After driving home why voters should elect him, he too when on the offensive. Referring to Orange’s reference and use of the Washington City Paper “endorsement” (shown below) that he was “… a champion of ethical government reforms.”

Newspaper quotes used in Orange's campaign literature and posted on his campaign Web site

Biddle said, ‘Mr. Orange likes to quote from the Washington City Paper. Let me tell you what the City paper really wrote.’ He then read the following from the paper:

Orange won a special election in April for an at-large council seat by capturing the support of the black voters who still decide elections; since then, he’s not only managed to stay free of any ethical taint (despite being the favorite politician of city contractors), but has somehow positioned himself as a champion of ethical government reforms. Only in the District, dear readers, would a former lobbyist for the hated local power company manage to win himself that reputation.

I came away from the event feeling very confident that three of the four Democratic candidates running for the DC Council are very capable, ethical, and a step in the right direction. Sadly, Orange, the candidate who currently holds the seat, was not among them.

His rude, disrespectful, and childish behavior at the end of the forum indicated to me that he is not the man to bring integrity to the DC Council. I also have memories of coming home during the 2010 campaign to find his campaign workers had posted Orange campaign signs on my property and that of my neighbors without permission. Given the field of candidates, we can definitely do better than Orange.

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At-Large Candidate Forum Tonight at Park View School — Brief Notes from Saturday’s Georgia Avenue Walk

March 12, 2012

Tonight, March 12, at 6:30 p.m. the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force (GACDTF) will hold their forum for the candidates seeking the at-large seat on the D.C. Council. The forum will be held in the auditorium of the Bruce-Monroe @ Park View School located at 3560 Warder Street, NW (between Newton and Otis Places). According to Sylvia Robinson of the GACDTF, all at-large candidates have confirmed their attendance.

The candidates are:

  • Sekou Biddle
  • E. Gail Anderson Holness
  • Vincent Orange
  • Peter Shapiro
  • Ann Wilcox
  • Mary Brooks Beatty
  • Lee Aiken

E. Gail Anderson Holness speaking at the start of the Georgia Avenue walk.

E. Gail Anderson Holness gave a rousing speech at the start of last Saturday’s Georgia Avenue Walk (3/10/12). Due to other engagements, she was not able to participate further. The other candidate to participate in the walk was Peter Shapiro, who arrived shortly after the start of the walk and was able to participate for a good portion of the event.

Keeping in mind that the walk was postponed a week due to weather, there was a decent turn out of residents from the area. The focus of the event was on issues related to small businesses, new development, parking, and housing as they pertained to the lower Georgia Avenue corridor.

John Xanthos addressing participants of the Georgia Avenue Walk

One of the highlights for me was when developer John Xanthos addressed the group in front of the Murry’s grocery store (3400 Georgia Ave.). Xanthos spoke about the eventual closing of Murry’s to be followed by new development and a new tenant — perhaps another grocery store.

Based on what Xanthos shared, the develpment sounded to be several years out and details were slim. None-the-less it is something I’ll be watching and, as information becomes available, will be sharing.

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Georgia Avenue Walking Tour Tomorrow, At-Large Candidate Forum on Monday

March 9, 2012

Here are two events that will be of interest to the community:

The Georgia Avenue Walk which was postponed due to weather last Saturday will be this Saturday March 10th at 11 a.m.  The walk will start at the Georgia Avenue/Petworth Metro station — west side — and walk down to the Shaw Metro station describing the vision, issues, and new development along lower Georgia Avenue.

On Monday March 12, the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force will host an At-Large Candidate Forum at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View school at 6:30pm. For more information contact sylvia@ecacollective.org or (202) 462-2285

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Georgia Avenue Walk, March 3rd, At-Large Candidate Forum, March 12, 2012

February 29, 2012

UPDATE 3/2/12: Due to the forecast of rain tomorrow morning, the Georgia Avenue Walk will be postponed until next Saturday, March 10 at 11am.”

Below is an announcement for two upcoming events from the Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force that should be of interest to many in the community, especially those interested in the the future of Georgia Avenue.

The Georgia Avenue Community Development Task Force is gearing up for the Georgia Avenue Walk on Saturday March 3rd at 11am and the At-Large Candidate Forum on Monday March 12 at 6:30pm.

The Georgia Avenue Walk will begin at the Georgia Avenue-Petworth Metro Station (west side) at 11am.  Members of the Task Force who live and work along Georgia Avenue will talk about the vision we have for our neighborhood as we walk to the Shaw/Howard Metro Station at 7th and S St.

The Candidates Forum on March 12 will be at the Bruce Monroe @ Park View School.  A committee will create a set of in-depth and yes/no questions based on your input.  What issues would you like for the At-Large Candidates to address?  Send your feedback to sylvia@ecacollective.org or (202) 462-2285.


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Washington, DC Economic Partnership Erases Park View from 2012 Neighborhood Profiles and Maps

February 24, 2012

Well here’s one for the record books. What started out as a harmless and possibly interesting Tweet by Councilmember Jack Evans turned into a very strange journey attempting to find out where our neighborhood had disappeared to. At 4:44 p.m. yesterday (Feb. 24), Councilmember Evans posted the following Tweet:As someone who is interested in what’s going on in the neighborhood I clicked the link. I was especially interested because the profiles are produced by the Washington, DC Economic Partnership which, according to their Web site, ” is your first point of contact for development and business opportunities in the District of Columbia. [They] partner with all parties, public and private, interested in making DC a great place to do business.” Or, in other words, they market DC to businesses around the country with the goal of bringing new businesses to the District.

2012 WDCEP Map for the Petworth/Park View area. Park View was removed whereas all other surrounding communities were added

So I was completely shocked when I went to the Web site, looked at the neighborhoods, and no longer saw Petworth/Park View. For some reason, in 2012 Park View was completely erased from the profile and map — even though all surrounding neighborhoods have now been added to the map for the very first time. While the 2009 profile and map had its issues, it was correctly labeled with both neighborhoods. Similarly, the 2011 profile was also correctly labeled.

The accuracy of the neighborhood profiles is important since they are used to attract new businesses. The target economic zone of the Petworth/Park View map is the area 1/2 mile around the Georgia Avenue Metro station. Yet with no mention of Park View in the text and the use of only photographs showing businesses in Petworth, this neighborhood profile is clearly biased toward attracting new businesses north of the Metro Station at the expense of development south of the station.

In contacting the Washington, DC Economic Partnership and explaining the problem I was quickly informed that the change was made due to a request made by Councilmember Muriel Bowser. When I questioned this the representative on the other end became less sure and stated they would look into it and get back to me. (See update below)

While the location of the text in the 2011 version could have been better, the entire target area was correctly represented

I assured them that I was happy to contact Councilmember Graham and have him give a call, at which point I was informed that the Washington, DC Economic Partnership is an apolitical organization. I quickly pointed out that an apolitical organization would not be removing facts or accurate details from a promotional brochure due to a request from a Councilmember.

Still, I did notice one ironic thing about the profile listing. When looking at the “Petworth” profile, I noticed that the associated URL still clearly includes Park View. See the following: http://wdcep.com/dc-profile/neighborhoods/petworthpark-view/

We’ll have to see how this shakes out, but from my point of view, the only correct course is to correct the information online and destroy any copies that may have been printed. You can voice your support of this action by contacting either Mr. Shuskey (WDCEP) or Councilmember Graham. Their contact information is below:

Chad Shuskey | Vice President, Research & Visual Communications
202.661.8674
Email Chad Shuskey

Councilmember Jim Graham
202.724.8181
Email Councilmember Graham

UPDATE (2/24/12 @ 8:50): According to WDCEP, the neighborhood names come from the Office of the Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development. What would make them change what to call the corridor from past years is still a mystery.

UPDATE (2/24/12 @ 7 p.m.): In checking the Web site tonight — and after a phone conversation with WDCEP — the online profile for the half mile around the Metro has been changed to Petworth/Park View.

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